“I coordinate the design and development of the HARMONI instrument for the ELT.”
I co-ordinate the design and development of the HARMONI instrument across the whole consortium (six partner institutes and associate partners), ensuring that the instrument design provides the best performance, improving on state-of-the-art, whilst keeping to budget and schedule.
I work closely with the project manager, lead systems engineer and instrument scientists and lead discipline engineers, helping make technical decisions that impact the performance of the telescope. I provide the interface with the observatory that is constructing the telescope for which HARMONI will be the first light instrument
I am leading the design and development of the instrument for the world’s largest telescope – that will allow mankind to observe and understand the cosmos better than ever before, partially satiating our curiosity about the universe and our place in it.
I have always been keen about astronomy, first as an amateur astronomer, and now as a professional. Astrophysics researchers have the luxury of studying the universe and being paid for it! I like solving problems: scientific, technical, and even managerial – ones that haven’t been tackled before.
My undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
A lot of curiosity and inquisitiveness about how things work, and the clever ideas that made our civilization and technology as advanced as it is today.
What appeals to me about science is the wealth of information that we can glean about our world, and its place in the cosmos, just through careful observations.
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